We are happy to announce that we have two new swim clinics scheduled for the weekend of March 28th. They will take place at UConn Avery Point, and we will have the whole pool facility to ourselves! Both clinics will have 3 coaches and two underwater cameras with poolside video motion analysis (I-PUMA). Class sizes will be limited to ensure that everyone gets maximum coaching time. The first clinic on March 28th (click for brochure) will be geared towards more novice swimmers, and focus on basic skills along with the underwater motion analysis. The 2nd clinic of March 29 (click for brochure) will focus on the I-PUMA poolside analysis with only a short lecture, so it is geared towards middle of the pack to advanced swimmers. In each case we will strive to simplify the aspects of a solid swim stroke and emphasize real-time underwater feedback so you can improve as quickly as possible! Everyone will get our Swim-CD loaded with tons of great stuff. For more info and testimonials from our previous clinic, see the previous posts here and here. Also have a look at our video below. For registration please visit Coach Al’s site.
We were all really happy with our recent swim clinic. We packed a TON of teaching, drilling, and video feedback into 5.5 hrs and could have spent another 5. The problem is, when you get Al and I together you have two guys who have spent decades studying swim technique and trying to improve themselves and others. We have both spent countless hours, days, years, trying to understand what makes a good swim stroke work, and how can we convey it those who want to learn. Then add the technology side: the I-PUMA stuff. Then add the fact that Al and I love to teach! I was going to be a professor, even did a post-doc, until I learned that in many cases being a professor has nothing to do with teaching – but that’s another story. So what you get is a huge amount of information. Lis had to keep us on schedule, and we still had to work hard to get everything in. Even so, we strived to simplify and demystify swim technique.
The students didn’t leave empty handed, even if we did make their heads spin. Their packets included a CD packed with goodies:
- The slide presentation
- A video of our custom drill progression with informational annotations
- 50 swim workouts with different focuses
- A comprehensive swim-specific strength program
- 2 swim-specific stretching routines
- A collection of swim articles.
They even got a laminated drill sequence sheet to bring along to the pool. Then we provided copies of their underwater video complete with full analysis and recommendations!
We got some great feedback:
“It can be hard for old dogs to learn new tricks and the optimisim and enthusiasm were priceless. Video and post session individual feedback were extremely helpful. I also notice that in the 2 days back in the pool since the workshop I feel sore in new places (pecs and back) and feel like I am learning a completely new activity. drills are great yet exhausting. It was fun, educational and inspirational.”
“It was really a pleasure learning so much in one day. You guys really did a wonderful job with everything and the passion you all showed in teaching is greatly appreciated! I must be doing something right from what I learned because my lats and trunk are KILLING me from this mornings swim!”
“I do feel that the clinic was a great value for my time and money. To get all the instruction I received the day of the clinic from such qualified people is something I might (if I had the money) pay much more for.”
“I was really happy with the desire that you all had for us to improve. Obviously, no one is going to become Michael Phelps from a one day clinic, but I felt that you all genuinely wanted us to be the best we could be.”
“I thought all the information was good. I especially liked the flexibility and strength training sections.”
“Thanks for the clinic. I certainly came away with quite a bit of information and feel like I’ll be a better swimmer. Thanks again.”
“Thanks for a really helpful and educational day. I must admit that I was a little nervous going into the workshop, but you all were really helpful with making me feel comfortable. The combination of lecture, swimming, and video was great.”
“I think the videoing was an awesome learning experience.”
“I’m glad to have something new and simple to focus on and really like the idea of spending pool time on drills as opposed to long sets.”
“I usually am a tough grader and don’t like to give all 10s because it looks like I’m not being discriminating, but you guys deserve it. Material to take away are also excellent and an important part of the workshop.”
“Let me know if you want any help in promoting other programs, because there lots of people out there who could get a lot from it.”
“Yesterday was fantastic. Truly. Not only did it reinforce what you’ve already taught me, but more importantly it showed me how to start thinking about transitioning back into the water and where the focus has to be. I am truly energized. More importantly, with the knowledge that you imparted regarding breathing technique, and the motivational aspects, and visualization. I NOW know that I can finish the olympic distance, but will eventually be able to go long. ”
Stay tuned for info on our upcoming clinics! Look for more differentiated formats too, including sessions focused mainly on I-PUMA video feedback! Any questions, please email us!
We are sorry to report that our Feb. 8 swim clinic in Mystic, CT is now FULL – but don’t worry, we will be offering additional dates and venues soon. We want to keep our class sizes manageable so that everyone receives enough personal attention and gets maximal bang-for-their-buck. If you are potentially interested in a future clinic don’t hesitate to email us or Coach Al.
We are very excited to begin offering our cutting-edge “Swim Easier, Swim Faster” triathlon swim clinics! We’ve partnered with Coach Al Lyman to create a team-based teaching paradigm. We employ our proprietary “I-PUMA” (Instant Poolside Underwater Motion Analysis) to give students immediate, repetitive slo-mo feedback on their strokes, both above and underwater! We think this feedback loop creates the ultimate environment for fast understanding, learning, and improvement! Combined with specific technique enhancing exercises, in-water neuro-feedback, and classroom instruction, we think we have the secret formula to swimming success. See the home page for details on out first clinic on February 8.
I recently had the opportunity to help Coach Al Lyman conduct a swim clinic for a great group of elite triathletes – including some fantastic swimmers. Attending were 2-time Kona top-ten finisher and former champion backstroker at Stanford Dede Griesbauer, 2008 Olympic Triathlete Jarrod Shoemaker, 2-time (and current) under-23 US champion and former U Michigan swimmer Ethan Brown, Neo-pro and former overall amateur winner at IM Lake Placid and Kona Alex “Iron Doc” McDonald, and our very own Lisbeth.
I stayed up on deck and helped Al do some underwater filming, and also helped analyze strokes. Now, all of these folks swim well, and some swim at the pointy end of the pro field. But we all agreed that no one is perfect and everyone can improve. The very fact that each of these champions have that mindset should carry them all to even more success.
Rob Sleamaker, head honcho of Vasa arranged this clinic to so that all of these athletes would have the opportunity to get some tips to work on during the off season, and also to help them learn how to maximize their swim training through supplementing swim time with the Vasa. Lis and I have been using ours for almost a year, and it’s a great time saver and the best way to improve your swim-specific functional strength.
After some morning stroke filming, Al gave a chalk-talk explaining the fine points of modern freestyle for triathletes. We then stepped through each swimmer’s underwater videos in a group setting, where everyone, including coach Tim Crowley, could and did critique everyone else’s strokes. I think this group analysis is great – it helps everyone learn.
We then went back to the pool and the athletes rotated through swim drills, stretching, and working on the Vasa ergometers poolside. One thing was clear – even these great athletes can improve their functional strength, flexibility and coordination. That means that each of them can get even faster – scary stuff.
All in all a great success, and very similar to the swim clinic format offered by Coach Al, Lis and I in the near future to everyday triathletes. Look for some video clips soon!